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Challenge: Update Your Avatar (Expert Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-450D Rebel XSi
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: House
Date: Jan 14, 2012
Aperture: f/1.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/100sec.
Galleries: Self Portrait, Horror
Date Uploaded: Jan 15, 2012

Not as expertly edited as I'm sure some of these entries will be, but whatever. :D

The effect was obtained with infrared and an overlay of many trees' shadows in snow.

Place: 70 out of 90
Avg (all users): 5.0339
Avg (commenters): 7.4000
Avg (participants): 4.9259
Avg (non-participants): 5.0813
Views since voting: 570
Views during voting: 316
Votes: 177
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0

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01/23/2012 12:48:04 PM
Greetings frpm the Critique Club!

First impression: Definitely a memorable photo, it's very compelling and hard to look at, and away from.

Artistic: The suggestion of blood streaking the face and hand is very powerful. The eye at the right is right at the border which adds to the sense of discomfort, almost to the point of claustrophobia. The catchlight is all there is to tell us that the person is alive.

Technical: The tight crop and darkness of the image probably turned off voters, as this deserved a better score imho. The image also looks smaller than the allowed 800 on the longest side. The slight tilt of the head as evinced in the eyes add to the odd surreal feel that you caught very well. The pp you used is very simple but effective, which I always favour over a photo drowning in obvious pp.

Overall: Sadly the voters tend to favour images that go the opposite direction, but you probably know that already and entered it because you liked it. Good for you!

Feel free to PM me,

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01/23/2012 11:58:00 AM
Compelling, and yes, as Posthumous said, disturbing.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/22/2012 09:36:46 PM
disturbing yet lovely
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01/16/2012 11:09:18 PM
Great shot!
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01/16/2012 07:21:30 PM
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01/16/2012 05:49:39 PM
I like this, the streaks obviously, more than something that add to the image, are simply an essential part of it.
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01/16/2012 06:12:41 AM
Haunting, your eyes see through me.
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